Welcome Along on My Journey -- Please Enjoy & Come Back Again

Welcome and enjoy. To look at any painting or photo please double click on the picture to take a closer look and if you'd like to purchase please email me at neelygomezart@q.com

I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beautiful September in New Mexico with Fall Approaching

I just had to take a picture of these beautiful flowers in bloom while visiting my dear friend in Corrales this past week.  I love the fall in New Mexico as it is getting a bit chilly in the mornings though warming up to beautiful and pleasantly warm afternoons with gorgeous blue skies and everything green.  Just as I'm really enjoying the beauty of it all it seems the leaves start yellowing and dropping as winter arrives.  Just this week my pink lemonade honeysuckles in my backyard have dropped almost all of their leaves at the same time as it is in full bloom once again.  This has been a wonderful year in New Mexico with the return of the monsoons and bringing new life and reserves much needed.

Here is a picture of an original painting I call "Greening Up", it is an oil painting on 10"x8" wood panel and from my imagination/mind, not from photographs.

I was commissioned to paint a birdhouse for a friend so here are pictures of it after the final protective spray.  I sometimes still lack the confidence to paint from photos so this was a wonderful experience as I had to talk myself through the negative thoughts in the beginning of the process (the photo painting is the side of the birdhouse with the bridge with flowers and a house at the end).  I'm happy with the finished result and hope my friend loves it too (she was elated with the "bridge" side).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer in New Mexico with a Return of Monsoons

It has been a beautiful, refreshing and wonderful summer in New Mexico with a return of our monsoons bringing much needed rain and nourishment.  

My husband took this picture with his iPad of just one of the storms that brought lightning, thunder and rain.  

Even though this summer has brought with it, for me personally, losses of family members and friends I have been reminded what a great gift life is each and every day.  

Here are some pictures of the beauty I have found all around me here in New Mexico and in my own backyard as reminders that if I continue to put one foot in front of the other on my path and journey through this life my Creator blesses me with so many gifts, even in some of the worst times, renewing my faith and hope.  I am blessed to be alive this day and to be able to express and honor by creating my art in giving back.
 
And here is some of my art I've done recently.
"Putting the Pieces Back Together Again"
"Final Flight" Truly Mixed Media 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Back Home, though Busy, After Wonderful Friend Filled Weekend at The Lodge at Santa Fe

I enjoyed a wonderful friend filled weekend last weekend away from home at the beautiful The Lodge at Santa Fe.  This week, after returning, has been busy, busy, busy though on my way home from a committee meeting in Placitas with a group of friends Wednesday night my friend leaned out and took this beautiful picture of the sunset as I was driving home to Rio Rancho.

Last night as my husband and I relaxed on our patio enjoying the cool down from a hot day I snapped a couple of shots of the sunset.  I absolutely love the beauty of New Mexico sunsets and skies, they are incredible and welcome.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pre Memorial Day Drive and Inspiration for "Experiment"

Here are some pictures from a drive we took before Memorial Day.  It was a beautiful day and great to get out into nature and gain some inspiration and peace of mind.  I love exploring with my husband, he is always so willing to see new places or revisit places we've seen but not for awhile.

And here is my "experient" acrylic painting on 10"x8" wood board that was inspired by a church off Highway 14 in New Mexico between Tijeras and Santa Fe I'm calling "Old San Francisco Church NM".

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Quieting the Mind, Releasing the Spirit"

The original oil painting "Quieting the Mind, Releasing the Spirit" was painted last night.  I dedicate this painting to the memory of two people from my past that I just discovered recently passed away last year. Although I thought I had grieved the loss of the relationships with both quite a few years ago, I realized in the midst of this painting that what I had not grieved was the sadness of the mental illness that was present in both and I was unaware of during the years we interacted.  They were instrumental in my finding that deep part of myself that is strong, loving, compassionate, non judgmental and independent.

By the time I finished this painting, which surprisingly took me very little time, I felt very blessed and grateful that today I am exactly where I'm supposed to be, with the people in my life God has placed so carefully there and that this mother and son are finally reunited with others they loved and have gained a peace that surpasses all human understanding.  Besides the title speaking of them, it speaks of my own spirit.  What a wonderful way to begin a new season, feeling creative and appreciating everything that God has so graciously placed in my life -- for all those people, places and things I am very grateful.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Back to Creativity & Enjoying Beautiful New Mexico Spring Weather

Got my new iPhone and happy to say the pictures I've taken with it have turned out nicely ... well, here ...
judge for yourself.  It has been a pretty smooth transition although I have to say I was having a bit of withdrawal not having my phone for a few days (I recycled it, getting a really good deal through our carrier).

Thinking about the difference between last year, this time, and this year I am reminded we really didn't have a spring last year.  It seemed that we went straight from winter into summer.  This year has been just gorgeous and although anyone from New Mexico can attest to the fact that usually spring sucks as far as blowing wind and dirt goes, we have had a wonderful winter and a cooler spring this year and even expecting monsoons to return this summer.  I love living in New Mexico with it's slower pace of life, natural beauty, cultural history and appreciation and an abundance of artists and art venues to both challenge and grow me as an artist.

Here is a colored pencil drawing I did recently and a mixed media piece just to keep those creative juices flowing.  I just today finished painting a birdhouse for an upcoming raffle and can now move on into more serious painting.  I'm so looking forward to a beautiful summer of painting and enjoying living, seeing new and beautiful areas of New Mexico.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all you Lovely Ladies Out There

Taking a short break from technology this weekend and for a few days.  Thought while absent I'd post an older oil painting I did back in 1999.  It started out as a portrait of a native lady though we'd just been through the hospitalization and death of my mother-in-law after a car accident and my own lumpectomy.  I was pleasantly surprised on finishing it that my husband said to me, "Oh wow, do you know you whose face that is? It looks like my mom and grandmother."  Funny how all my emotion comes out sometimes as I paint and, hence, the name of this oil painting became "Grandmother Serrano".

Happy Mother's Day! I'm very grateful I still have my own mother though she lives a distance away and missing her today as well as my mother-in-law and all those ladies who have served in the capacity of caring, wonderful, nurturing and loving mothers to me. God has blessed me with many friends who fill the void and ask little of me in return -- Thanks to all of you!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wow - Busy Month - Here are Some Photos Taken Recently

It's been quite awhile since I've updated my art blog though I'm happy to say it's only because life has gotten very busy and I've been enjoying an amazingly balanced month of April.  I did do some painting, sketching and artwork although most of my time has been spent meeting with friends, gardening, taking care of business and enjoying some wonderful family time with my husband.

Here are some pictures taken recently of the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow - the largest in the United States - held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I believe they said for this grand entry there were 2,000 dancers on the floor and it was AWESOME!!!

Next are a couple of pictures of some young dancers.  I asked the parents permission first and then the dancers themselves and they were happy to pose for the pictures.  The first had her eyes "squinched closed" but after some prompting I got the picture and right after a very big smile -- oh well, too late for the picture though I thought they both turned out well.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Beauty of Spring & Return to Painting


The bird shown is a newcomer to our backyard as springtime arrived. I put out our hummingbird feeders the beginning of April and we have already had one early arrival feeding from them.


The last month I had a resurgence of interest in my family genealogy.  I have found over years of being the family genealogist that when the urge to research and update my family history emerges I have to go with it because the intensity it takes to do the work and quick burnout that sometimes happens can be all consuming.  Thankfully I had done most of the work years ago (I started in 1981) and this was fairly short lived though very fulfilling and productive.
Here is a photo of the finished 11"x15" acrylic painting inspired by Wes and Maura Studi of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Studi at the grand opening of Buffalo Thunder Resort just north of Santa Fe a few years ago. Although portraiture is not my specialty I enjoyed trying to convey the great love evident through the painting and symbolism in items in the background. The background includes an eagle in flight symbolic of Mr. Studi's release of an eagle over the gorge near Taos, New Mexico last year at the celebration of preservation of the area and becoming a national treasure. After mounting, matting and framing it I hope to be able to present it to them with much respect for their commitment to the arts, cultural history, family and New Mexico.

Lastly, this morning as I looked at the blank canvas of a 16"x20" gessoed masonite board I painted this original acrylic painting I'm calling "Godly Brilliance".

I look forward to an amazing spring and summer this year, due to rain and God's abundant blessings.  Stay tuned, I expect to be very busy this year and posting new artworks and pleasures.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Springtime has Arrived

As we approach the beginning of Spring tomorrow and daylight savings time on Sunday I am so grateful that whatever virus or "bug" I seem to have had last week seems to have gone away.  I found myself yesterday in my art studio reworking the foreground on this 7 1/2"x7 1/2" tile acrylic painting I did quite awhile ago. When I bought the tile I decided I'd paint over it, did that and when finished realized the hangers positioned it hanging upside down so my husband came to my rescue and custom made the display for it.

I am also in the process of painting four birdhouses and finished the base coats and did a little more detail work before spraying them to move into the final phase on each one of all the real detail painting to finish them up.


Here is an original oil painting on 16"x20" canvas I finished and sprayed with the final spray.  I THINK this is finished and don't have a name for it as of yet so only time will tell if I pick it up again or not (smile).

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wonderful Weekend Last Weekend with Friends & Bosque del Apache Visit


What a wonderful time I had last Friday and Saturday with friends in and around the Socorro, New Mexico area.  We ate lunch at the Owl Cafe and Bar in San Antonio and then found some of these beautiful birds and creatures at the Bosque del Apache.  Now considering it is not peak season for birds there we were pleasantly surprised to see as many as we did.
Returning home Saturday I even had time to watch the NASCAR Nationwide race and was elated Sunday after a long rain delay to watch and become very emotional when my favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500.  I was MORE than happy and excited when his Aunt Cathy and sister, Kelley, both responded to tweets I posted on Twitter.

I have enjoyed a busy week and ate at El Charritos on Central Avenue in Albuquerque with a dear friend Thursday afternoon.  I just loved the food, the red chili was thick, spicy and wonderful on the tamale that I ate along with a cheese enchilada with beef taco and rice and beans.  Then Friday my husband and I enjoyed buffet lunch at Sandia Resort and Casino where we saw many friends who work there we have gotten to know over the years.  My allergies have been reacting the past week or so and last night I felt worse and worse so stayed home and enjoyed some relaxing and downtime with my husband.  

This morning as I did my daily journaling I became very grateful that I am hardly ever not feeling well or sore, headachy, stuffy or just plain sick.  I'm grateful for the life I have, friends and family who love and support me just the way I am and for all of the artist's and connections I have gained through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Life Gets Busy as Springtime Approaches

Along with a new year has come opportunities for growth and expanding, challenging me to manage my time better and balance everything, which takes some effort and transition time.

I'm doing pretty well although realized about three weeks ago that gaining a network of wonderfully accomplished and talented artist friends can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on what my own attitude is.

In the middle of learning new responsibilities and feeling filled to the brim with knowledge in transitioning into this new position with a non-profit, I was feeling guilty and unable to find time or energy to paint. In spare moments I could find I scoured my artist friend's artwork and posts and then began the negative self talk that starts when I begin comparing myself to anyone else.  Doing my morning writing I discovered what was happening and then began writing affirmations that it is okay for me to be who I am, where I am in the process of being an artist and uniquely myself.  Here is the painting that came out of that time, it is a 16"x12" acrylic and oil painting on canvas I call "Bright Contrasts" that my husband and I have decided we will mount on a board and then frame.  I do not choose to waste my time making comparisons of myself to artist's who have been painting and learning much longer than me, I also choose to be who I know my creator intended me to be and share with others the gifts I've been blessed with.  I know that, for me, that IS enough.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The beginning of 2014 has a feeling of brand new opportunities, inspiration, connections with other artists and expanding as a creative.

Just for the mere fun of it I painted this little somewhat Day of the Dead skull to get my creative juices flowing.

Next I painted this original oil painting I'm calling "My
Acoma" as this is my own version of a photo I took at my very favorite, sacred and special place last year.  This painting is on 10"x8" gallery wrapped canvas.  Once it dries it will be prepped for hanging and then available for purchase.

Finally I thought I'd post an available framed original oil painting I did a couple of months ago.  This one was strictly from my imagination though it holds the peace and serenity of a special place my mind is normally resting at, this one I call "Peaceful and Serene" and is on 10"x8" canvas, framed it measures 16"x14". If interested in purchasing please see note at the top of this page, I can be contacted through this page.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Looking Forward to 2014 After Wonderful Christmas and Inspiration

We had a wonderful Christmas this year and a visit from our daughter to spend the holidays with us.  This was the first Christmas we've spent together in probably 20 years and the first in our home in New Mexico. It was a great time. We visited Old Town Albuquerque and though we've taken our daughter before, this time we visited The Rattlesnake Museum and bought some rattlesnake mugs (like the ones Craig Ferguson uses on his Late Late Show). Here is a picture of the three mugs we bought while there. Taking her to the airport for a 6 a.m. flight back to California was a little crazy and though we were a little concerned she might not make her flight (very crowded) she did make it.  It was our first experience watching them de-ice an airplane before take off too.

Here are two paintings I've worked on in the past few days of 2013.  The first is a small 4x6" watercolor with gold and silver pen embellishment I'm calling "Abstracted Forest Hillside", it is on watercolor postcard.  The second is something I started in an
icon workshop though dropped out of the class and finished it on my own with my own interpretation.  So the title of this painting is "My Version, Lady With Roses" which is now multimedia because of the combination of oil paint, gold pen, fabric roses hot glued onto the 9x12" board.

Today is the day for removing all the Christmas decorations and preparing for a brand new year.  I am looking forward to a bright new year of 2014 and so motivated and inspired by all the new connections I've made with other artists on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I am very grateful for the generous support and encouragement they give me along with wonderful insights, tips and beautiful inspiration through their own artwork.  The photograph I took of this sunset reminds me what a bright, beautiful and inspiring 2014 this can be, if I just keep my mind and attitude looking toward the light and the wonderful inspiration and blessings God has in store for me.